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Lake Mälar bike holiday

Cycle around the lagoon, that became a lake.

In only one week you cycle around Sweden’s third largest lake, which is with its 1.090 sqm about twice as big as Lake Constance in Germany. Follow the traces of the Vikings and find about more about Nils Holgersson, explore impressive rune stones and graves from Iron Age as well as places of interest such as Gripsholm and Strömsholm palace. Additionally picturesque small towns as Mariefred and Sweden’s oldest city Sigtuna are awaiting you. Lake Mälar is due to its many bays and islands a very popular recreation area and will also delight you during this diversified bike trip!

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  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • self guided
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Pavilion at Lake Mälar

Itinerary

Take a first stroll through Sweden’s capital and explore some of the many sights and tourist attractions. 

Along Lake Mälar, Sweden’s third largest lake you cycle to UNESCO world cultural heritage Drottningholm Palace. Here, on the shore of the lake, the royal family grew up. Take your time to explore the beautiful palace as well as the Chinese Pavilion dating from the 18th century. You continue by a short ferry trip towards Södertälje. The small town and home of Scania is connected to the Baltic Sea through a lock in the Södertälje canal.

Today you ride on small side roads to Gripsholm Castle. It houses the national portrait collection of over 4.000 works that trace the portrait art from the 1400s and up to the present. The castle’s history goes back to the 1370s, when Bo Jonsson Grip built a castle on a promontory which, after several expansions, became Gripsholm Castle.

Mälardalsleden (Swedish for the Lake Mälar route) leads you via the Strängäs fjord to Eskilstuna. The former market place and bishop’s see welcomes you with small shops, gallerys and nice boutiques. Worth seeing is the blacksmith’s shop and museum Rademachersmedjorna, where you can watch the smiths and craftsmen at work.

Today you cross the lake! On your way to Västerås you can do a detour to Torshälla (+ 10km) to visit a sculpture park with winding alleys and art from Bo Englund, Allan Ebeling and other artists. Additionally a stroll through the old narrow streets of Torshälla with its old wooden houses is worth it. Before you reach Västerås you should visit Strömsholm palace with its cafe. The stunning palace is as Drottningholm and Gripsholm palace in possession of the royal family. Once you have reached Västerås we recommend to visit Kyrkbacken, the old town, the dome is also worth to see. 

Mälardalsleden leads you on to Enköping. The small town is located at the mouth of river Enköpingså and Europe-wide well-known for its beautiful gardens. The town plants thousands of bushes every year, which makes the townscape indeed unique. Besides that, the municipality hosts more than 180 rune stones, and you will pass some of them along your way. 

Along gravel roads and asphalted side roads you reach the charming small town of Sigtuna. The city was founded in 980 and is, together with Lund the oldest, still existing city in Sweden. The small town can be found on coins and rune stones as it was an important administrative center in earlier times. End your day with a stroll through the main road with its small, typical Swedish houses from the 18th, 19th and 20th century.

After breakfast your bike tour ends. We are happy to extend your stay with extra nights.

Optional: Boat trip Sigtuna - Stockholm (available from 1/7 - 14/8)

Enjoy Sigtuna with its cafes, galleries and shops before you return in the afternoon by boat M/S Evert Taube to Stockholm (duration 2 hours, arrival ca. 6.30pm). Your last evening in Stockholm ends with a stroll back from the pier to your hotel. We are happy to extend your holiday with extra nights in Stockholm. 

Tour character

You cycle on bike paths and gravel roads, forest tracks and side roads with less traffic through typical Swedish nature. To some extent there are simpler trail conditions with raw gravel. Flat to slightly hilly tour course.

Prices and events

All data for 2022 at a glance*
Place of arrival: Stockholm
  Season 1
08.05.2022 - 21.05.2022
11.09.2022 - 25.09.2022

Sunday
Season 2
22.05.2022 - 11.06.2022
21.08.2022 - 10.09.2022

Sunday
Season 3
12.06.2022 - 20.08.2022

Sunday
Lake Mälar bike holiday, 8 days, SE-STRMA-08X
Base price
10 999
11 499
11 999
Single room supplement 4 199 4 199 4 199
Season 1
May 8, 2022 - May 21, 2022
Sep 11, 2022 - Sep 25, 2022
Sunday
Season 2
May 22, 2022 - Jun 11, 2022
Aug 21, 2022 - Sep 10, 2022
Sunday
Season 3
Jun 12, 2022 - Aug 20, 2022
Sunday
Lake Mälar bike holiday, 8 days, SE-STRMA-08X
Base price
Single room supplement
10 999
4 199
11 499
4 199
11 999
4 199
Season 1
May 8, 2022 - May 21, 2022
Sep 11, 2022 - Sep 25, 2022
Season 2
May 22, 2022 - Jun 11, 2022
Aug 21, 2022 - Sep 10, 2022
Season 3
Jun 12, 2022 - Aug 20, 2022
Stockholm
Extra night in double room/breakfast
Extra night in single room/B&B
Sigtuna
Extra night in double room/breakfast
Extra night in single room/B&B
999
1 499
899
1 299
999
1 499
899
1 299
999
1 499
899
1 299
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Stockholm
  Season 1
May 8, 2022 - May 21, 2022
Sep 11, 2022 - Sep 25, 2022

Sunday
Season 2
May 22, 2022 - Jun 11, 2022
Aug 21, 2022 - Sep 10, 2022

Sunday
Season 3
Jun 12, 2022 - Aug 20, 2022

Sunday
Stockholm
Extra night in double room/breakfast 999 999 999
Extra night in single room/B&B 1 499 1 499 1 499
Sigtuna
Extra night in double room/breakfast 899 899 899
Extra night in single room/B&B 1 299 1 299 1 299
Filter
21-gear touring bike
Electric bike
1 199
2 099
Filter
Boat trip Sigtuna-Stockholm + overnight in double room
Boat trip Sigtuna-Stockholm + overnight in single room
1 249
1 749
Prices per person in SEK

Our rental bikes

Services and extras

Services included

Services included:

  • Overnights in chosen 3***- and 4****-hotels
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transportation from hotel to hotel 
  • Well elaborated route
  • Detailed travel documents: Route maps, route description, tourist attractions and sights, important telephone numbers (1x per booked room)
  • Navigation-App and GPS data
  • Service Hotline

Optional:

  • Rental bike
  • Boat trip Sigtuna-Stockholm + overnight in Stockholm

Not included:

  • Travel insurance
  • All services not mentioned under "Services included"
More information

Arrival / Parking:

  • By flight: Airport Arlanda, by Arlanda Express (fast train) or Flygbuss (airport bus) to the main train station of Stockholm (duration ca. 30-45 minutes). Continue by Tunnelbana (subway), more information: www.sl.se
  • By train: Stockholm main train station.
  • By car: Hotel garage from SEK 295 (ca. EUR 30) per day, reservation not possible, payable on spot. 

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